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GRANTS

Community Conservation Action Program

Applications for the CCAP 2025-2026 Grant Program will open in July 2024.

The WHC Board of Directors has committed up to $50K annually to continue to support small(er) organizations in making conservation achievements in their communities.

With the demand for conservation dollars becoming more and more competitive, WHC has been looking for a way to help smaller organizations access the funding that they need to make a difference in conservation within their local or regional community.

The CCAP is seeking applications for local and regional projects (FY 2024-2025) with funding asks of $1,000 – $10,000 that:

  • Connect Canadians with nature
  • Engage youth in conservation
  • Provide educational conservation programming

To maximize the time spent delivering your projects and making contribution achievements, this program has been designed to minimize the administrative burden. Less time filling out paperwork, more time out there making a difference.
Let’s get innovative and get Canadians outdoors, connecting with nature!

Applicants

 2025-2026 Grant Program
Launching July, 2024 and closing October, 2024
Eligible projects for expenditures
between April 1, 2025 – March 31, 2026.
Minimum 1:1 funding match ratio

The CCAP grant program only considers applications from Canadian residents.

This includes:

  • Small(er) Canadian Organizations*;
  • Research, academic and educational institutions;
  • Indigenous organizations, associations, and community management boards;
  • Local organizations such as community associations and groups, seniors’ and youth groups, and service clubs.

*Small(er) Organizations to this program means local level, independent groups that are looking for funding opportunities to support new or innovative small-scale or pilot project programs.

Ineligible recipients include, but are not limited to:

  • International organizations or individuals;
  • For-profit organizations
  • Federal level organizations or individuals: Government employees, departments, agencies, and crown corporations.

WHC CCAP Guidelines

  • Applicants must ensure that project implementation complies with all relevant legislation, regulations, licenses, permits, etc.
  • Funding request between $1,000 and $10,000.
  • Project delivery time-frame: April 1, 2025 – March 31, 2026.
  • Project must demonstrate a minimum 1:1 funding match ratio* (i.e., WHC contributions cannot exceed 50% of the Project Revenue).
  • Invasive Alien Species: Please note at this time, this program will not accept ongoing maintenance projects associated with IAS projects.

CCAP Application Review Criteria

Grant applications submitted by the October 6, 2024 deadline will be reviewed by Wildlife Habitat Canada Staff. Staff will select projects to receive funding, following a review of the suite of applications received.

Applications will be reviewed for completeness and considered based on well thought out and clear objectives, how well the project meets program criteria, demonstration of solid plans for evaluating project success, and innovative and collaborative elements.

Applicants will be contacted about the results of their applications prior to April 2025. It is anticipated that award notifications will be provided by February 2025.

Project Categories

The CCAP grant program will primarily consider projects that:
Connect Canadians with nature
Engage Youth in Conservation
Provide Educational Conservation Programming

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Hunter Education/Recruitment,
  • Climate Change Initiatives,
  • Walking tours on protected properties.

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Student Programming,
  • Youth Conservation Plan creation,
  • Habitat Litter Clean ups,
  • Interactive videos that engage youth.

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Habitat Conservation Education:
    • Species at Risk,
    • Alien Invasive Species,
    • Climate Change Education.

Application Process

Successful proponents are expected to enter into a signed funding agreement with WHC regarding the exchange of funds.

  • Call for Proposals
    Coming July 2024

    Deadline for Applications

    Fall 2024

    Applications submitted for review to Board of Directors

    Late January

    Decision Letters to Applicants

    mid-February
  • Project Dates
    April 2025 to March 2026

    Reporting Periods

    Interim Reports due mid-September 2025
    Final Reports due mid-March 2026

We’re online!

  • Application forms must be completed and submitted online.
  • Applicants will be prompted first to create a username and password.
  • You can add collaborators to your application if there are multiple people assisting you with your submission.
  • You can save your work at any point in time.

Applications are now closed. 2025 – 2026 applications will open July 2024

Note: Any application forms submitted to WHC by email or mail will not be considered.

Applicants must review the following prior to preparing and submitting an application:

  1. WHC Call for Projects for 2024-2025 (CCAP)
  2. 2024-2025 CCAP Sample Letter of Agreement

Diane Griffin Community Conservation Award

WHC is happy to announce the launch of the Diane Griffin Community Conservation Award. The award will be presented annually to one of our successful CCAP projects for their outstanding work in Canadian conservation.

Learn more

LTCF Projects Across Canada

At WHC, we believe in the fundamental importance of wildlife habitats that are abundant, rich and support biodiversity.

As a result, we fund projects that are making headway in conservation initiatives in habitat management, conservation networking and wildlife research.

Every year we send out a call for applications for conservation groups to submit their requests for funding. Our project timeline coincides with the fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).

1,600
wildlife habitat conservation projects supported across Canada
1.43 million
acres of wildlife habitat enhanced and conserved
$64 million
funding provided

Funded Projects

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